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Finding Clarity...

I’ve read all the books and articles about organization and decluttering but I always find excuses for not doing it. Even when my spare room upstairs looked like it could audition for an episode of Hoarders, it was either too hot, too cold, I didn’t have enough time, or I was too tired. I would make a half-hearted attempt and then think, “Well, it’s not taking up that much room….” I suspected that it wasn’t just the surface stuff that I was avoiding.

So over the long 4th of July weekend, the weather forecast promised unseasonably cool temperatures, I took a couple vacation days, and tackled a project that had been hanging over me since I moved into my house 15 years ago. It turned into a surprisingly spiritual experience. I turned over years of memories—good and bad—that had gotten buried under the busyness of my day-to-day life. But I realized that I didn’t need to keep the stuff in order to keep the memories. I discovered that limiting my options for hobbies would allow me more time and energy to pursue the ones I was truly passionate about. I cleared off the desk my dad built for me and thought of all the things I’d written at that desk. I found things that I had been searching for off and on for years.10488058_10152680190499179_8932916372087737408_n

As I excavated layers of accumulated stuff, I thought about the past decade and all the things that had been happening in my life that somehow were reflected in the mess. I made peace with how it got that way and I felt a renewed commitment to diving into the next chapter of my life with a little more clarity—and a lot more space.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."